Nancy and Josiah Smith and their three children are getting a heaping helping of HEAP. It's the Home Efficiency Assistance Program that is offered through a partnership between Colorado Springs Utilities and the Energy Resource Center.
It means free energy and efficiency improvements for Springs Utilities residential customers that have a household gross income of at or below 250 percent of federal poverty guidelines.
I was in the Smith home watching insulation being blown into their attic which will mean a drop of 20 percent in their yearly energy bill. Nancy is psyched about the help, "We can live in the house without being so cold in the winter or too hot in the summer." The Smith's energy bills in the winter average about 250 dollars per month. HEAP crews also repaired a water leak in the Smith home and bought them an energy efficient refrigerator as part of the program.
Energy Resource Center Executive Director Howard Brooks tells me he's proud to partner up with Springs Utilities to help Nancy and her family, "It really is a joy to serve these people. The reason why I do this work is because I want to help people in need."
The HEAP program has been in existence since 2003. It serves more than one hundred plus families every year.
I've put a link to the program on our Hot Button section.